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Old 08-05-2009, 08:06 PM
Location: Central City, SLC
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Daybreak is a very nice community, but the commercial areas have just barely started to fill in. I think it will be a few years before it becomes a viable shopping area for residents, and that's assuming retailers get on board---which is unfortunately uncertain.

For your wife to interact with neighbors and go shopping, there are certainly retail areas, malls, and strip malls in the suburbs, but be aware that it is a little more LDS-oriented out there. It's neither bad nor good, but it is something to consider.

Prime shopping is downtown at the Gateway and Trolley Square, and at Fashion Place Mall (which is in Murray, a suburb to the south of SLC). In my experience with friends moving here, transplants from the east coast are most comfortable in neighborhoods in Salt Lake City itself, particularly when one of you is a stay-at-home mom. It can be difficult for women with young children to make friends here if they are not LDS and in a neighborhood's Mormon church community---that is much less of an issue in Salt Lake City than in the suburbs.

Ideally, a young family would do great in the Yalecrest area or 9th & 9th. Both have community shopping districts and great single family homes. The downside is that the homes in those neighborhoods are generally not new construction---they're older, established neighborhoods (and can be expensive).
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